Summer Guide: Splash Parks and Spraygrounds in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Thursday, Jun 8th, 2017 by

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If you’re looking to cool off your kids, but don’t want the commitment or expense of a public pool, there are a number of splash parks, spraygrounds and splash pads in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Some of the below splash parks are in suburbs that aren’t exactly west, but came recommended by readers, If you have more suggestions to add, please do so in the comments section. And finally, thank you to all the readers who helped compile this list via their answers to a Facebook posting; it’s much more vibrant because of your contributions.

 

Note: Updated on June 8, 2017.

 

 

FREE SPLASH PARKS

 

Prairie Point Splash Playground in Oswego

  • 4120 Plainfield Road in Oswego
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: According to the Oswegoland Park District, it has 17 spray and play features.
  • Read all abut what to expect on a trip to the Prairie Point Splash Playground!
Prairie Point Splash Playground in Oswego. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Prairie Point Splash Playground in Oswego. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Phillips Park Splash Pad in Aurora 

  • 1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora
  • Hours: In past years, this splash pad has been open the same season as the nearby Phillips Park Aquatic Center. In 2017, that means from June 3 through Aug. 13, and then weekends only Aug. 19-20, 26-27 and Sept. 2-4. Hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. on weekends.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This is a small splash pad located in front of the Phillips Park Visitors Center.

 

 

Moore Park in Geneva

  • Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Opens for the 2017 season June 3 through Sept. 4, 2017.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: For a free splash park, this is pretty impressive. It’s 2,100 square feet, has a rubberized surface and is enclosed by a wrought iron fence. Note it can get quite crowded on hot days.
  • Read all about what to expect during a trip to Moore Park’s Sprayground!
Moore Park Sprayground in Geneva. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Moore Park Sprayground in Geneva. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Hobson Corner Park Splash Pad in Woodridge

  • 2910 Hobson Road in Woodridge
  • Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through October, pending weather conditions.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: From photos on the park district’s website, this looks like a small splash pad on concrete with a number of fountains.

 

Hawks Hollow Nature Playground in Geneva

  • Located at Peck Farm Park Interpretive Center. The address is 4038 Kaneville Road in Geneva.
  • Hours: Open from dawn to dusk. Unclear when the water features are turned off for the season, but it’s likely past Labor Day.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Designed to engage children in environmental learning, this park features eight interactive stations, including a small section devoted to fountains in which kids get wet during the warmer months as well as a “creek” where they can jump and splash.
  • Red all about what to expect on a trip to Hawks Hollow in Geneva!

 

Festival Park Spray Park in Elgin 

  • 132 S. Grove Avenue in Elgin
  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days, depending on the weather. Restrooms are open while the fountain is in operation.
  • Admission: Free
  • This spray park has number of traditional fountains bubbling over an asphalt surface. Festival Park also offers a musical play structure; open space and a climbing web.
  • Read all about what to expect on a trip to Festival Park in Elgin!
The fountains at Festival Park in Elgin. Photo by Dawn Santucci.

The fountains at Festival Park in Elgin. Photo by Dawn Santucci.

Fountain Square Park in Elk Grove Village 

  • 1751 Gibson Drive in Elk Grove Village
  • Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Opened June 1; unclear when it will close for the 2017 season.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Found some reviews online that state this park has a sandbox and playground along with a playground with water sprayers and a fountain area to splash around in.

Dragonfly Landing Children’s Play Area in Lisle 

  • Northeast corner of PrairieWalk Pond, a recreational area just west of Main Street in downtown Lisle at Route 53 and Burlington Avenue
  • Hours: The splash pad pad portion of the park is open from from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Activate the splash features by stepping on a sidewalk button in the middle of Dragonfly Landing.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This nature-themed play area includes a tree house, leaping lily pads, “cat tail” swingers, a climbing frog, a shelter with a “living roof” and a splash pad with giant flower misters, jet streams and water tunnel water jellies.
  • Read all about what to expect on a trip to Dragonfly Landing in Lisle!
The splash pad at Dragonfly Landing in Lisle. Photo by Tara Burghart.

The splash pad at Dragonfly Landing in Lisle. Photo by Tara Burghart.

 

Sunny Hill Splash Pad in Streamwood

  • 1480 W. Irving Park Road in Streamwood. (Also, the address 30W416 Irving Park Road in Elgin wll get you to Sunny Hill Park.)
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Unclear on when it will close in 2017, but it closed on Sept. 11 in 2016.
  • Admission: Free.
  • Notes: Sunny Hill Park also offers a skate park, disc golf, basketball, nature trails and a shelter.

 

Leiseberg Park Spray Playground in Bartlett

  • 325 E. Devon Avenue in Bartlett
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Admission: Free

Blue Heron Park Spray Playground in Bartlett 

  • 350 Blue Heron Way in Bartlett
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Admission: Free

Sunset Park Splash Pad in Lake in the Hills

  • 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Sunset Park also includes baseball diamonds, a concession building, football fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a BMX/Skate Park, a playground, grill, bike path and and more.

Volunteer Park in Romeoville

  • 1100 Murphy Drive in Romeoville
  • Hours: Unclear, but the Romeoville Park District says its parks are open dawn to dusk.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Two readers alerted us to this one. One said: “Romeoville has a splash pad off Airport Road behind the WalMart on Weber. Totally free and there is a hockey rink, basketball hoop. Large field. Porto potty. Cement bag boards (bring your own bags). Grill area with picnic area AND a large playground.”

Boucher Prairie Park in Romeoville

  • 1649 Richfield Trail in Romeoville
  • Hours: Unclear, but the Romeoville Park District says its parks are open dawn to dusk.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This park features a baggo game, exercise stations, in-line hockey rink, nature  areas, open area, picnic tables, a pavilion, playground, walking track and splash pad.
A view of the splash pad at the Boucher Prairie Park in Romeoville. Photo courtesy of the Romeoville Park District.

A view of the splash pad at the Boucher Prairie Park in Romeoville. Photo courtesy of the Romeoville Park District.

 

Brent Hassert Park in Crest Hill

  • 19623 Renwick Road in Crest Hill
  • Hours: The splash pad is open (weather permitting) daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Reader Veronica alerted us to this one. The park district says this park is 77 acres and features a playground, bathroom, trails, soccer fields, drinking fountain, spray park and rubberized surface.

Village Green Park Splash Pad in Plainfield

  • 24121 West Chicago Street in downtown Plainfield
  • Hours: Open daily from June 3 through Sept. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 pm.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Thanks to reader Veronica for bringing this one to our attention as well!

McCaslin Park Splash Pad Water Playground in West Chicago

  • 27W650 North Avenue in West Chicago (but part of the Carol Stream Park District)
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Unclear when it closes for the 2017 season.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Thanks to reader Ashley for bringing this to our attention! She says it is located in a great park and has a picnic pavilion next to it.
  • Read about what to expect on a trip to McCaslin Park.
The splash pad at McCaslin Park in West Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Carol Stream Park District.

The splash pad at McCaslin Park in West Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Carol Stream Park District.

 

 

SPLASH PARKS WITH A FEE

 

Maryknoll Park Splash Park in Glen Ellyn 

  • 845 Pershing Avenue (Pershing and Route 53) in Glen Ellyn
  • Hours: Starting May 27 through Aug. 20, 2017, it is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. From Aug. 21 to Sept. 3, 2017, it is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Temperature must be at least 70 degrees to open. Check this page for more limited holiday hours for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
  • Admission: $3 per child, ages 1 through 14, with adult. Non-resident adults pay $1. Resident adults are free.
  • Notes: This splash park has a water tower, rising flag, wet saloon, cactus, team spray, railroad crossing gate, spray cannons and more.
  • Read about what to expect on a trip to Maryknoll Splash Park in Glen Ellyn!
Maryknoll Splash Park in Glen Ellyn. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Maryknoll Splash Park in Glen Ellyn. Photo by Rebecca Greco.

Ty Warner Park Spray Park in Westmont 

  • Located at the corner of Plaza Drive and Blackhawk Drive in Westmont
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day 2017. (Closes for maintenance each day from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Temperature must be 70 degrees or above for operation. It is open for the 2016 season, but it’s unclear when the season ends.
  • Admission: $5 for non-resident children, $3 for resident children. Adults are free.
  • Notes: This park is 36 acres and in addition to the spray park, offers a playground, tot playground with sand play area, picnic grove with washrooms, woodland and wetland trails, a bocce ball court, a bean bag toss and more.
Ty Warner Spray Park in Westmont. Photo courtesy of the Westmont Park District.

Ty Warner Spray Park in Westmont. Photo courtesy of the Westmont Park District.

Cantigny Park in Wheaton

  • 1S151 N. Winfield Road in Wheaton
  • Hours: In the summer, open daily from 9 a.m. to sunset. Note that Cantigny has a massive “revitalization” process under way in 2017 — the tanks are closed, for instance — and you can check construction conditions here.
  • Admission: $5 per car on weekdays, $10 per car on weekends in the summer. (Free on the first Wednesday of each month.)
  • Note: The fountain located just outside the Visitor’s Center features actually a number of fountains and “bubblers” that kids can run and splash around in. There are signs, however, reading “no swimsuits.” So while kids (and adults) are allowed to get wet, Cantigny doesn’t want it viewed as a splash pad or sprayground. In fact, a reader named Kate S. said she talked to the gardeners and the fountains are designed as a way to help you interact with the gardens. So it’s better to view this as a spot to cool for kids off during a Cantigny visit than a splash pad destination. The benches have even been moved back in 2017, probably to keep people from “camping out” for the afternoon. If you do bring a change of clothes, you’ll likely need to change your kid by your car – you don’t want to be tromping through the visitor’s center wet to get to the bathrooms.
The fountains at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Photo courtesy of Cantigny.

The fountains at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Photo courtesy of Cantigny.

Otter Cove Splash Park in St. Charles

  • 3615 Campton Hills Road in St. Charles
  • Hours: Check the website for hours before June 6 and after Aug. 22, as well as general hours for the whole aquatic park. From June 7 through Aug. 22, the splash park portion of this large complex is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Admission:  $14 for non-residents, $9 for residents. Twilight rates are $6. Children 2 and under are free. Find more info here.
  • Notes: This is the cadillac of splash parks. It has three large splash pads, and one section that’s a huge sandbox. This is part of the larger Otter Cove Aquatic Park — which has several pools, a lazy river and slides.

Naper Settlement Early Learning Playscape in Naperville

  • 523 S. Webster Street in Naperville
  • Hours: The water features in the splash pad are turned on between May 15 and Oct. 15 on days when the temperature is above 70 degrees. Note that the Playscape is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. It is closed on Mondays.
  • Admission: Entrance into the Playscape area is included with your admission – $12/adult, $10/seniors, $8/youth (ages 4-12.) Children under 4 are free. Naperville residents with proof of residency are free.
  • Notes: Nestled in a replica of a wooden fort, the Harvard Early Learning Playscape is designed for children ages 2 through 7 to explore the outdoors. According to the Naper Settlement, “The playscape playground and splash pad provide opportunities for early childhood physical, imaginative and social development while promoting increased connections to the natural environment, local history and community engagement.”
  • Read about what to expect on a trip to the Naper Settlement! (Note the Playscape has been opened since that article was written.)
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The Playscape at Naper Settlement. Photo courtesy of Naper Settlement.

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A splash element in the Playscape at Naper Settlement. Photo courtesy of Naper Settlement.

 

Note:

If you are looking for splash parks and spraygrounds closer to Chicago in the near-west suburbs such as Lombard, LaGrange, Westmont and Lisle, please check out this great guide my friend Annie at {kidlist} put together.

5 thoughts on “Summer Guide: Splash Parks and Spraygrounds in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

  1. alexandria

    The splash pad at bolingbrook promenade had closed. They remodeled last year. The hippos are gone.

  2. Kristin

    Hawks Hollow at Peck Farm Park has a small splash pad area along with a little creek to wade in.

  3. Victoria

    The splash pad in Streamwood has been updated, the rubber floor have been removed and they also have new water sprayers. Very nice.

  4. Heidi

    MLK Park on Farnsworth in Aurora has a small spray area on concrete next to a large playground. There are picnic areas and a parking lot.

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